Now, you talk about COSAW
from the very beginning has been absolutely non-racial, open to anybody, quite apart from whatever political alliance people might have had.
Ndebele, Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture (Johannesburg: COSAW
, 1991), p.
In die vroee 1990s het hy met hierdie doel voor oe onder meer samesprekings met die Congress of South African Writers (COSAW
) gevoer en konferensiebydraes by die tweede Swart Afrikaanse Skrywersimposium op Eaternoster gelewer.
Johannesburg: Congress of South African Writers (COSAW
4 Njabulo Ndebele, Rediscovery of the Ordinary, Fordsburg (S.A.), COSAW Publishing, 1991.
13 Mike Kirkwood, "Introduction" to Joel Matlou, Life at Home and Other Stories, Fordsburg (S.A.), COSAW Publishing, 1991.
Gordimer had been invited, at a very late hour, to participate in a discussion of writing which was to have been between Coetzee and Salman Rushdie, but the infamous fatwa had been issued a mere two weeks before and the formal hosts of his visit, the Congress of South African Writers (COSAW) and the Weekly Mail, reached the conclusion that they could not guarantee his safety against the threats that had been made on his life by local Muslim groups.
The first was that COSAW had, he thought, cut a deal with Muslim fundamentalists in order not "to split the unity of the Anti Apartheid Alliance" by making life too difficult for the Muslims who belonged to it.
Maureen Isaacson's Holding Back Midnight and Other Stories (Johannesburg, COSAW
, 1992) uses intricate tonal and perspectival shifts to render the complexities of being "white" at this moment of history.
10 In the first years of the 1990s, for instance, COSAW
produced anthologies dedicated to women's and gay writing.